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 Mistletoe : a Christmas story
 Author: Hills, Tad

 Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade Books (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 445381 ISBN: 9780593174425
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Gifts -- Fiction
 Knitting -- Fiction
 Christmas -- Fiction
 Mice -- Fiction
 Elephants -- Fiction

Price: $21.46

Summary:
Mistletoe, a mouse who loves snow, works very hard to knit the perfect gift for her best friend, an elephant named Norwell, who prefers to stay inside where it is warm.

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Reviews:
   School Library Journal (10/01/20)
   Booklist (09/01/20)
 The Hornbook (00/11/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—Children who like to share experiences with friends will find a kindred mouse in Mistletoe. She loves walking out in the snow and wishes that her friend Norwell the elephant would join her, but he doesn't like the cold. So Mistletoe decides to surprise him with a gift for Christmas that will keep him warm. It's not easy, but Mistletoe manages to knit Norwell a wonderful, warm, and colorful surprise. The story has a nice message of creating gifts rather than buying them and giving from the heart. The art is lovely; beautiful icy snow scenes are interspersed with warm, cozy images. The gentle humor helps move the story along. A good story to use to talk about giving and receiving gifts, the Christmas theme may limit its use to early winter. VERDICT A pleasant, nonessential volume with a lesson about giving from the heart.—Debbie Tanner, S D Spady Montessori Elem., FL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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